Archive for July, 2009

Update

July 30, 2009
Look what we found when the stucco came off the Front Street side of the building!

Look what we found when the stucco came off the Front Street side of the building!

Progress continues apace, with nothing huge to report other than the fact that the place sure looks different than it did only two weeks ago. The hoods are in place in both the main and kosher meat kitchens, 99% of the drywall is finished, doors are being hung and some final surface treatments are actually being applied. We have a good ways to go, but Front & Palmer is really taking shape.

The ceiling grid in our offices goes in.

The ceiling grid in our offices goes in.

We would have liked to keep the ceilings in the office open to the iron beams and flooring above us, but it would have meant not only heating and cooling more cubic footage (= more $), but also more expensive light fixtures and more expensive hvac ductwork. It’s a little sad, but way short of terrible.

A view of some of the kitchen, with the exhaust hood in the background.

A view of some of the kitchen, with the exhaust hood in the background.

Hmmmm, probably need a wide angle lens to show the whole kitchen, but you can see where the stoves will go. The open space will be filled with chefs’ work tables.

This and That

July 9, 2009

One of the pleasures of moving to a new part of town is learning new streets, developing new routes to your new home or place of work. After growing up in South Jersey and having Philadelphia as “the city”, and after living here for over 30 years, it’s kind of neat that there are so many streets I’ve never been down, parts of town I’ve yet to discover.

And so it is with the move to Front & Palmer. Who knew Cecil B. Moore Avenue was such an East/West conduit? (Clearly, I did not attend Temple.) Our friend Clio G, who’s living near that street, simply refers to it as Cecil. “Yeah, my apartment’s just off Cecil…”

There are a bunch more streets and neighborhoods we’re getting to know as a result of the upcoming change in our address, and it’s all interesting.

Here’s what’s happening lately, as sheetrock is being put up and the walls are becoming solid and real, morphing from suggestions of rooms and spaces into clearly divided areas of future activity:

The front door's in place. There will be glass block filling the space to the left of the door.

The front door's in place. There will be glass block filling the space to the left of the door.

These boards are from the floor we had to pull up on the 2nd floor. They've been ripped to a 7" width, and we're using them to frame the glass block at the entry door. You can see them in the previous photo.

These boards are from the floor we had to pull up on the 2nd floor. They've been ripped to a 7" width, and we're using them to frame the glass block at the entry door. You can see them in the previous photo.

It looks like enough joint compound for any 5 buildings, but it's not. It's all for us.

It looks like enough joint compound for any 5 buildings, but it's not. It's all for us.

Drywall cannot hide everything. Here, this bolt couldn't be covered so we had to work around it.

Drywall cannot hide everything. This bolt couldn't be covered so we had to work around it.

This is the bottom of the smokestack. We have to do something to control the water that comes inside it when it rains, so we're pouring a concrete base and direct the water via a pipe to the drains.

This is the bottom of the smokestack. We have to do something to control the water that comes inside it when it rains, so we're pouring a concrete base and direct the water via a pipe to the drains.

This way lies kosher (kitchens)....

This way lies kosher (kitchens)....